What it’s about:
The Rosie Project is a delightful romp through the eyes of an unusual genetics teacher who is on the hunt to find a wife. Dr. Don Tillman is a socially challenged and extremely earnest professor who begins The Wife Project by handing out a survey to all the women he knows. The survey is scientifically designed to weed out the candidates with any less-than-idea qualities. No smoking. No drinking. No arriving late. What he finds instead is Rosie, the tattooed bartender/genius who does all of those things and more. As they embark on an adventure to find her father, Don begins learning that real love often blows our expectations out of the water. A laugh-out-loud read, one that will make you grateful for the delightful, bizarre, and totally unpredictable ride of finding someone to love.
What I like about it: The main character who bikes everywhere (rain or shine) and makes the same 7 gourmet meals every week meets an outspoken, pierced, and passionate woman who literally adheres to her own time zone: what’s not to like? Though my journey was different from Don’s (fewer surveys, namely), this fabulous tale reminded me that love is really never what you plan on.
Read if you liked:
The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick
The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin